Reeps One

Composer, experimental vocalist and EAT Artist, Nokia Bell Labs

Reeps One is a grandmaster beatboxer whose work is the product of a highly intimate, lifelong relationship with the human voice. At Inspirefest, Reeps One will be teaming up with Nokia Bell Labs’ Experiments in Arts and Technology (EAT) group to perform a world-first duet between himself and his digital beatboxing artificial intelligence (AI) twin.

The London-born musician and artist has been obsessively experimenting with innovative vocal practices alongside the creative representation of physics and sound since the age of 18. His unique skills have seen him uncover new keys to cognitive efficiency and expand his phonetic vocabulary to new boundaries. Dedicated to depicting his findings in an explicit and tangible way, Reeps One’s vocal performances are increasingly accompanied by potent, aesthetically arresting visual displays.

Capturing the attention of the academic realm, he became the subject of a study of expert behaviour, led by Prof Sophie Scott of University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. It was the first neurological investigation of its kind to utilise the voice as a medium. Reeps One has continued to marry his involvement in academia with his own music and performances, harnessing cymatics to translate the organisational powers of sound in real time and, for the first time, reconstitute the medium as a visual instrument for the deaf.

Reeps One’s specialisation in oral percussion and performance has generated a global online following, gathering more than 50,000,000 views and an established reputation as a key pioneer in the field of experimental vocalism.

Exhibiting work across multidisciplinary events such as Miami Art Basel, and the London, Milan and Tokyo design weeks, he is a polyglot of audio and visual communication who has redefined the role of phonetics as a cross-disciplinary means to connect the artistic, musical and scientific communities.

Last year, he conceived and delivered the hugely successful Polyphonic Playground, a large-scale playground structure comprising electric paint circuitry and instrumental trigger pads.

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